Scandal Recap

Scandal Recap: The Parentage Trap

Thursday’s Scandal witnessed the evolution of Olivia Pope into a full-blown political animal — and she’s out for blood.

Following Susan’s unexpected victory in the first Republican debate, the pint-sized Presidential hopeful found herself in OPA’s crosshairs, and it turns out she’s been lying about more than just her relationship with David. Not only was she not legally married to her “husband” — the man who died serving in Afghanistan, whose tragic story clinched Susan’s win — but he wasn’t even the father of her daughter; that title goes to Ronnie, Susan’s high school sweetheart who’s currently serving prison time on drug charges.

Well… he was serving time in prison, at least at the top of the hour. The pressure of going public and helping OPA proved too much for ol’ Ronnie; he hanged himself in his cell on the eve of a major television interview. Perhaps if Olivia had taken Fitz’s advice to heart — her ex grew a moral compass and tried to stop her from leaking the paternity test — Casey’s baby daddy might still be with us.

At least we have Olivia and Fitz’s “clean” game of cat and mouse to look forward to; the political rivals shared a friendly drink during the episode’s final moments, a welcome reprieve from their knock-down-drag-out fight earlier in the hour. (Though I have to admit, I kind of loved watching them go at each other. Sometimes I wonder if their true chemistry is in their confrontations.)

Now let’s check in on Scandal‘s other campaigns, shall we?

GRANT | Scandal has always had an incestuous synergistic relationship with Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but this week’s episode took that ‘ship to a whole new level when Mellie was invited onto ABC’s late-night talker for a round of “Mean Tweets.” Though she initially balked at the concept — wait, Mellie can’t handle criticism? I’m shocked! — she eventually came around, thanks to a series of ass-backwards pep talks from Marcus, who was put in charge of making her a little less hatable. (Side note: Am I the only person who was waiting for Mellie and Marcus to hook up? Hey, the election is still young!)

DAVIS/VARGAS | But not every campaign tasted the fruits of victory this week. Despite Cyrus’ warnings, Alex leaked Olivia’s tip about Edison’s stint in rehab, leading to a whole lot of embarrassment for both candidates — and a big fat promotion for Cyrus. Edison’s camp was able to convince a nurse to lie about the “false” claims, sending Frankie into a blind rage that ended with his brother being demoted. (If Cyrus was a cartoon, I’m pretty sure he’d be making this face right now.) Of course, there was also plenty of rage over at Davis HQ; Rowan unleashed holy hell after Edison tried to blame Olivia for the rehab kerfuffle, much to the amusement of Jake. Who just sat there. Eating chicken.

DOYLE | If you weren’t already acutely aware of Hollis’ similarities to a certain real-life Republican frontrunner, I’m sure this week’s ridiculous debate took care of that. Not only did he propose building a “wall,” but he actually uttered this sentence: “If all it takes to be presidential is shake hands, give speeches and know which color lipstick to wear to a party, then go ahead and take your pick of one of these betties.” As Marcus’ Twitter hater would say, “smh.”

OK, let’s talk: Which candidate gets your (hypothetical) vote? Do you foresee repercussions for Fitz telling Susan about Defiance? And what’s the O-M-G moment being hyped in that over-the-top promo? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.